First of all, thank you

Patricia O’Connell
Downtown Stuart business owner Patricia O’Connell displays her store’s wares promoting the buy local campaign. O’Connell, owner of Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic and Gumbo Limbo Coastal Kidz stores, is featured in the fall issue of Treasure Coast Business Magazine, a sister publication of Indian River Magazine, on how Treasure Coast retailers plan to regain their footing after the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you to our readers for your support over the last six months as we adjusted to the new reality brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Our paid subscriptions are actually up over the previous year during the same time, demonstrating that the demand for our magazine is stronger than ever.

Thank you to our advertisers for continuing with us during these difficult times. While some advertising categories have been unable to advertise, others such as those related to home improvement have remained strong. While we suffered a decline in advertising last spring as the pandemic set in, we are heartened to report that our numbers for this fall are actually ahead of what they were the same time last year.

Thank you also to our staff who have made many sacrifices over the last months and have worked extra hard in difficult circumstances to get our magazines out. I’m always amazed at what our staff members are able to accomplish.

We all endured some bleak days. The Treasure Coast or the country isn’t out of the woods yet, but at least we are seeing hope for a return to relative normalcy.

We hope this issue will be a welcome distraction from these trying times. You can read about Indian River State College’s new president’s plans for the future, check out a home remodel, try out a favorite Treasure Coast pie recipe, or step back in time to read about the love of John Ashley, whose deeds more than a century ago still rivet the imagination.

When you check back into reality and as you feel safe doing so, we hope you will especially support local businesses such as ours that are trying to get back to normal. Places such as restaurants and theaters that have been hit hard by the pandemic are especially in need of your support.

And speaking of restaurants and bars and the performing arts, check out our new website, and our weekly e-newsletter updating you on upcoming activities every weekend.

Have a great fall and we look forward to catching back up with you over the holidays.

See the original article in the print publication

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